Canelo’s unanimous-decision win over Callum Smith in December ended a 13-month inactive spell, however the 30-year-old from Guadalajara plans on conserving a a lot busier schedule in 2021. He’s broadly anticipated to have already booked a 8 Could unification bout with WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders. His promoter Eddie Hearn simply hinted at it on the telecast, saying the announcement might come as quickly as tonight.
“It has been talked about, however there’s nothing concrete,” Alvarez stated earlier within the week. “First I wish to undergo this problem after which discover what’s subsequent. However sure, we now have had preliminary talks.
“I wish to stay energetic. I get pleasure from what I do and work out within the health club. Combating is my life. If all the things goes nicely, we want 4 fights this 12 months.”
Good day and welcome to Miami’s Arduous Rock Stadium for tonight’s tremendous middleweight championship battle between Canelo Álvarez and Avni Yıldırım. It’s the second outing in 70 days for Álvarez, boxing’s greatest star, who’s recent off a one-sided factors win over Britain’s Callum Smith to win the WBA and Ring tremendous middleweight championships and vacant WBC tremendous middleweight title.
Yıldırım (21-2, 12 KOs) shouldn’t be anticipated to supply a lot resistance. The 29-year-old from Turkey, who hasn’t boxed since a technical determination loss to Anthony Dirrell two years in the past, goes off as a 15-1 underdog and is simply right here as a result of he’s the necessary challenger to Álvarez’s WBC title.
For Álvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs), there’s loads of danger and little reward till he can transfer ahead towards his aim of unifying the belts at 168lbs in opposition to the division’s different two champions: Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders, who owns the WBO title, and Caleb Plant, the unbeaten American who holds the IBF strap.
“I respect all fighters and the problem I’ve in entrance of me,” Alvarez stated this week. “I do know what Yildirim brings. He’s a robust fighter with loads of want to win. I include the identical mindset of successful, doing my job and persevering with to make historical past.”
McWilliams Arroyo has simply stopped late substitute Abraham Rodriguez within the fifth spherical to win the WBC flyweight interim title within the closing undercard bout of the night time, which suggests Álvarez and Yıldırım ought to be making their ringwalks shortly.